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pedals for fixed gear?(13 posts)

pedals for fixed gear?Gall
Sep 27, 2002 9:01 AM

what type of pedals are best for my fixed gear bike clipless, toe clips or just regular ole pedals.

Sep 27, 2002 9:05 AM
I HIGHLY recommend the shimano 323 (535, whatever); theyre the ones that have the spd on one side, and a standard pedal on the other.

Fixed gears are the ultimate in multi-purpose bike...mightaswell have a multipurpose pedal, imho.
Interesting stuff from Sheldon....biknben
Sep 27, 2002 12:32 PM
I read this IRT fixed gear pedaling and thought it was interesting.
"I usually ride a fixed gear with toe clips and shoes without cleats. A large part of the reason for this is that I can effectively "change gears" depending on how far into the toe clips I stick my feet. For climbing or accelerating, I usually stick my toes all the way in. This gives me more effective leg extension, and lets me push harder on the pedals. For cruising, I pull my feet back a bit, and for really fast spinning I pull back even further. Doing this has somewhat the same effect as lowering my saddle a bit, and makes it easier to spin at high rpms."

For the record, I'm building up a fixed bike and plan to put Time ATACs on it. Simply because I have an extra set of pedals. I'll just ride it with my MTB shoes. It's just going to be my commuter. Doesn't matter to me.
Anything will work...Gregory Taylor
Sep 27, 2002 9:10 AM
I prefer mountain-style clipless pedals to commute in, so that is what is on the bike.

I'd be afraid to use flats without straps on my fixie -- there are downhills where my legs can hardly keep up with the cranks, and I could just picture my feet losing the battle to stay in contact with the pedals and ... OUCH.
brakes. nmSteve_0
Sep 27, 2002 9:11 AM
Slow down? What fun is that!?Gregory Taylor
Sep 27, 2002 9:25 AM
It violates the prime directives of all testosterone-bearing fixed-gear cyclists to go as fast as possible whenever possible, to bury our errant multi-geared bretheren wherever you find them, and to scare yourself silly in the process.

Sep 27, 2002 9:23 AM
I think the whold utilitarian look/design of the pedal complements the simplicity of a fixed gear perfectly.

Four sided entry is extra handy because you can't stop pedaling to clip in.
Depends how you're using itStraightblock
Sep 27, 2002 10:25 AM
If you're using it mostly for an around town beater, the normal double sided SPD mtb pedals are probably a good choice so you can clip into either side, plus you'll have walkable shoes. Otherwise, just use whatever you use on your other bike(s).

Gregory Taylor is right about the open platforms. You'll at least want to use toe clips with them, especially if you use front brake only. Personally, I use old Shimano Look-style pedals, same as on my other roadies, but have a set of KTT Pro-Ace pedals with the end quills cut off so they look like Campy Pista pedals, with steel Christophe toe clips & Binda straps to wear with my Adidas Eddy Merckx shoes for when I'm feeling particularly retro.
Tres Retro Chic! (nm)Gregory Taylor
Sep 27, 2002 10:48 AM
Tres Retro Chic! (nm)desmo
Sep 27, 2002 2:45 PM
Ok, I started with Specialized track platforms, Old Campy clips, white Schwinn Paramount straps, and my old pair of Maresi's with the red,white, and green strip down the side. Looked super cool, but I couldn't get used to riding in clips again. No float, clip digging into the top of my foot, and those thin leather shoes just aren't as comfy as the new stuff. Anyway, ended up putting Ritchey Road Logic SPD's on. Great for a fixie, cuz: tons of clearence pedaling around corners and the seals are so stiff you can rotate the flats up and they'll stay so it's easy to clip in on the fly.
Retro shoesStraightblock
Sep 27, 2002 3:35 PM
I've got a pair of Maresi's in the retro archive box, too. Both they and the Adidas Merckx's are worn to the point where the straps have cut thru the leather uppers. Can't get rid of them, though. Sometimes you just have to wear that stuff.
sounds like your laying down a style challenge ;-)Spirito
Sep 27, 2002 11:56 AM
ill up the ante and raise you ....

MKS sylvan's with christophe half clips (no straps) and detto suede touring shoes for round town does me nicely.

did i mention merino wool ???

Clipless, I like Time ATACsU of A racer
Sep 27, 2002 11:02 AM
I've been using Time ATAC with the composite body for about 2 years now. They're easy to get in and out of. They have great clearance. I've used them first with Sidi Dominator shoes, then I switched to Shimano sandals for college cruising. The cleat is so small that I can walk everywhere without slipping or sounding like Gregory Hines rehearsing his taps.
For me, it's easier to ride in clipless than clips and straps. You can clip in, no matter where the pedals are in the pedal stroke. With toe clips, I had a hard time "chasing" the pedal around to flip it over or just get my toe in. On the fixed gear, you don't have the option of backpedaling or coasting while you get the clips right side up.